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Old 01-13-2011, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default Jeep Vs. FJ Cruiser...opinions sought

I have a 2008 Wrangler, which I love...for the most part. We live at elevation and a "TRUE" 4x4 is a must. My Jeep has tackled the snow/ice admirably, with the addition of dedicated snow tires on an extra set of rims. THis makes it exceedingly nimble and sure-footed. Plus, it just looks cool, with the hardtop, big bumper and winch.

My biggest beef with the Jeep is that it isn't the world's best passenger vehicle. Yes, yes, I know I can get the 4 door one, but I dont WANT to. I just don't care for the four-door model. Mostly, I just store the back seat, as it is useless and inconvienent. My Jeep is also loud on the highway, which gets old on long trips.

My husband needs a 4x4, though, and loves my Jeep. He has recommended that he take it and we get me an alternate vehicle, such as the FJ Cruiser.

I'm interested in folks' opinions who have owned an FJ or ESPECIALLY if you've owned both and could compare. Lemme know what you think.

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Old 01-13-2011, 05:36 PM   #2
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I've never owned anything other than bigass full sized sedans, and a mustang due to marriage. But my opinion is that the FJ Cruiser is ugly, and long wrangler is not so much ugly as it is just weird looking. But go to a dealership and see if they'll let you test-drive an FJ off-road. Or if not, maybe a car rental company will have one, and you could rent one the next time you go on a trip or something. Just make sure you wash it before returning it to the rental place.


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Old 01-13-2011, 05:40 PM   #3
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FJ FTMFW...

yeah JEEP is tried and true, but Toyota's run forever, the FJ is just bad ass if I had the option and money to choose I would be in an FJ. heck I have a 97 4-Runner with 170K on it and it runs just as good today as it did when it was new. my In-laws are JEEP only people with a wranger, a Cherokee, and an old 70's 3/4 ton jeep truck.

each one requires so much maintenance its nickel and dimming them to death so much so that FIL doesn't even drive it to work, but rather my house and catches a ride into work with me.

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Old 01-13-2011, 05:54 PM   #4
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this isnt helpful but...a guy i work with's wife bought a yellow fj. her friend told her it looks like someone bit the head off of a peep.

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Old 01-13-2011, 05:57 PM   #5
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^ I think they look like a baseball helmet.

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Old 01-13-2011, 06:04 PM   #6
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We'll I think they look tits. My, aren't we all contributing to this thread.


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Old 01-13-2011, 06:06 PM   #7
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If it was me I'd go Crew Cab Frontier or Tacoma with the 4x4 package. I have an 07 Nismo Frontier CC and love it. I prefered the body style and the nerf bars.
As a whole a midsize CC pickup is more verstile - rides 5, child safety hookups, more leg room in the back, plus the bed and a great on the fly 4x4 system and traction control. Wife's friend has an FJ, she didn't like the back seat and said it was like getting into a coupe 2 ft off the ground.


BTW this is not mine. Mines blue

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I have a 2008 Xterra and love that as well. Lots of power and can get through anything. Gas milage like any of them is to be desired.

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Old 01-13-2011, 11:10 PM   #9
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i personally dont think anything compares to a jeep, least of all an FJ. if you dont mind higher maintenance costs, id get a rover defender, but i dont think i could ever recommend an FJ. its a gigantic plastic bubble and while it may run forever on the street, i dont have the same faith in build quality for off road.

id agree a crew cab 4x4 american truck is a better alternative.

but it is a contentious topic with clear lines drawn... those that know what they are talking about will say jeep. the wrong ones will say FJ.

definitely take one or rent one, take it off road and put it through its paces then let us know where your confidence level is.

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Old 01-13-2011, 11:19 PM   #10
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I drive a '10 JK Wrangler, my second Wrangler. All I recommend is that you spend some time on youtube. I wasn't impressed with the FJ's off-road performance in some of the videos available there.

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